Meet Our Contributors

Norman Winter – The Garden Guy

Norman Winter is the retired director of the University of Georgia’s Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah, Georgia. He is a published author, syndicated garden columnist with articles read coast-to-coast and renowned garden lecturer. Norman spent 15 years as an Extension Horticulture Specialist with Mississippi State University. In 2011, he became director of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. He’s been a valuable LiveIt contributor since the very first issue.


Aimee Hodges – Actively Speaking

Aimee Hodges, CI-CPT has been training and motivating clients full-time for six years. She received her certification through Cooper Institute, owns a private fitness studio in Bowie, Texas and offers personal training services at Fit N Wise in Decatur, Texas. She is passionate about empowering and equipping people to reach their fitness goals, one step at a time. For more on achieving your fitness goals and personal training, call Aimee at 940-389-1229.


Lyndy Phillips – Laugh More, Live More

Lyndy Phillips is a humorous speaker and comedy magician who recharges, renews, and refreshes corporate, association, and educator audiences with his positive, upbeat presentations. He’s highly entertaining with 100% clean humor, comedy magic, and audience involvement and he’s inspirational with messages on reducing stress and personal value. Lyndy and his wife have two grown children, Lezlie and Taylor, and two dogs, Pepper and Zuzu and reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. For more on Lyndy, visit his website.

Crista Tompkins – Turn the Page

Crista Tompkins is here to bring you a new book to add to your reading list each issue. From the double puzzle Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz to a tale of News of the World by Paulette Jiles filled with local ties, Tompkins’ love of reading will inspire your literary readings.


Donna Long – Travel Writer

LiveIt contributor and travel blogger Donna Long will lead you to restaurants that have a unique atmosphere or distinct flavor and show you traveling can keep you young and invigorated. Follow her off the beaten tourist path at to experience something different.

Kassie Pounds- Victory Cottage

Kassie Pounds is an interior design lover and blogger. She became interested in design when she and her husband bought an historical cottage home that they have completely renovated. They recently received a preservation award for restoring the home in Wichita County. Kassie stays  busy with her family, especially her five year old twins! Kassie is also passionate about music and leads worship and directs the choir at her church. She has a degree in Christian music and is currently working toward certification as an interior decorator. Follow her design projects at or on Instagram @victorycottage.